Aggies roll to 52-30 win over Texas Tech

Texas A&M entered this game on the road at Texas Tech with their backs firmly against the wall. The Aggie team responded by rolling to a 52-30 win over Texas Tech, their first win in Lubbock since 1993. The Aggies piled up 34 first downs and 559 total yards, with Cyrus Gray accounting for 4 touchdowns and 172 yards.

Texas A&M entered this game on the road at Texas Tech with their backs firmly against the wall.

The Aggies were thoroughly embarrassed last week, falling to Kansas State 62-14, a game where nothing went right for A&M.

Texas Tech was coming of successive routs, 66-14 over Kansas State two weeks ago and moving into the rankings for the first time this season after winning 31-10 at then-No 15 Nebraska last week.

Few projected the Aggies to keep this game competitive, and almost no one thought the Aggies had any chance to win.

This Aggie team responded to the challenge by rolling to a 52-30 win over No 21 Texas Tech, their first win in Lubbock since 1993.

The win snapped a 3-game losing streak by the Aggies and improved their season record to 4-3.

The Aggie offense piled up 34 first downs and 559 yards, including 331 yards rushing.

Cyrus Gray rushed for 131 yards and 3 TDs and caught 4 passes for 41 yards and a TD.

Christine Michael rushed for 122 yards and 2 TDs on 22 carries.

Jerrod Johnson completed 19 of 28 passes for 238 yards and 1 TD with no interceptions, and rushed for 71 yards and 1 TD on 10 carries.

Uzoma Nwachukwu caught 4 passes for 79 yards and Jamie McCoy caught 4 passes 39 yards.

The Texas A&M defense held Tech to 64 yards rushing and forced 5 Texas Tech turnovers, with Von Miller forcing two fumbles on sacks.

For Texas Tech, Taylor Potts completed 25 of 36 passes for 310 yards and 2 TDs, but suffered two critical interceptions.

Alexander Torres caught 8 passes for 128 yards and 1 TD.

Baron Batch caught 9 passes for 62 yards and rushed for 58 yards and 1 TD on 11 carries.

The game did not begin well for the Aggies.

Texas Tech received the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 6 plays, scoring on a 56-yard screen pass from Taylor Potts to Alexander Torres.

On the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing possession, Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson found true freshman Uzoma Nwachukwu for an 18-yard pass completion, but Nwachukwu fumbled and Tech recovered at the Aggie 38-yard line.

The Aggie faithful had visions of last week's total collapse at Kansas State.

But this week the Aggies did not quit. The Aggie defense forced a Tech punt and the offense drove 86 yards in 9 plays and tied the game on a 12-yard pass from Jerrod Johnson to Cyrus Gray.

Tech looked to be driving for a go ahead score when Aggie linebacker Garrick Williams intercepted a Taylor Potts pass at the Aggie 29-yard line.

Late in the first quarter, Tech did take the lead 14-7 when after driving 86 yards, Potts connected with Edward Britton for a 26-yard touchdown.

For the second and most of the third quarter, Texas A&M proceeded to score 31 unanswered points to open up a 38-14 lead at the 3:41 mark in the third quarter.

After Tech pulled within 16, 38-22, and forced an Aggie punt, the Aggie defense forced a Tech fumble, A&M recovered, and drove 46 yards with Jerrod Johnson scoring on a 21-yard quarterback draw to give A&M a commanding 45-22 with 8:38 left in the game.

When Tech pulled with 15, 45-30, with 5:13 to go in the game, A&M drove 43 yards, with Cyrus Gray scoring his 4th touchdown of the night to "seal the deal".

The last Tech drive ended appropriately on a second Von Miller sack to result in a fumble and turnover.

The 52 points by the Aggies was the most they've ever scored against the Red Raiders and the win was A&M's first over a ranked Texas Tech team.

This win on the road by a young Aggie team could be just what this A&M program needed to turn the corner.

Texas A&M comes home to face Iowa State next Saturday afternoon. Iowa State upset Nebraska 9-7 on Saturday.

 


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